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City Palace, Alwar

The City Palace was built in 1793 A.D. by Raja Bakhtawar Singh. It represents a intermingling of Rajput and Mughal stvles. It has graceful marble pavilions set on lotus flower bases in the central courtyard

Once this palace was part of the Maharajas ornate lifestyle and housed, among other things, a drinking cup cut out of a single emerald in its treasury and a mammoth, double storied four-elephant carriage in its stables.

Today however the palaces has been converted into the district's collectorate, and its hall and chambers have a been turned into government offices.

This huge fort with its ramparts stretching 5 km from east to west, stands 304 meters above the city and 595 meters above the sea level, constructed before the rise of the Mughal empire .Babar had spent a night at this fort and took away the hidden treasures to gift to his son, Humayun.

Akbar's son, Jahangir had also stayed here for some time during his exile. The place where he stayed is called Salim Mahal.

Maharaja Pratap Singh in 1775 A.D finally annexed the fort. It is a forbidding structure with 15 large and 51 small towers and 446 openings for musketry, along with 8 huge towers encompassing it.

The fort has several gates - Jai Pol, Suraj Pol, Laxman Pol,Chand Pol, Kishan Pol and Andheri Gate.City Palace, Alwar Travel Vacations Also there are remains of Jal Mahal, Nikumbh Mahal, Salim Sagar, Suraj Kund and many temples.

The Museum :
The palace Museum has a wonderful collection of exhibits of the personal wealth of the Maharajas of Alwar and some rare manuscripts including an illustrated Mahabharata on a 200 -foot-long scroll, Others prize pieces here after illustrated manuscripts of GULISTAN, SHAH NAMA, and on EMPEROR Babur's life.

There are also some fine RAGAMALA paintings and miniatures from the Alwar, Bundi, and Mughal school it has an armory section, which has some historic swords belonging to the likes of Sultan Muhammad Ghori, Emperor Akbar and Aurangzeb.

Most alluring attraction in this palace complex is the exquisitely carved Durbar hall, which welcomes the visitors to this former citadel of Alwar kings. This pretty hall encompasses a small room, which exhibits marvelous frescos and it should be borne in mind that special permission from the present king is necessary to have a glimpse of that rare artwork. Another fabulous spot in this lovely palace is the Women’s chamber, which is also exquisitely carved. Built by Raja Vinay Singh, this former royal residence of the Alwar rulers stood as a reminiscent of its past glory.

Location: Nestled between the small ranges of Aravali
Highlights: City Palace, Government Museum, Alwar Fort, Fateh Ganj Tomb
Best Time to Visit: September to March
How to Reach: The airport at Jaipur is closest to Alwar. The place has its own railway station and is also easily accessible by roads.

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